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Charlotte, N.C., breaks ground on first office tower since the recession


  • Charlotte Observer (N.C.), The

A 25-story office tower -- the first to break ground since the recession -- is being built in uptown Charlotte, N.C. The 630,000-square-foot tower called 300 South Tryon will "drive growth by providin… Read More

New technologies could cut costs of future desalination plants


  • MIT Technology Review online

San Diego has limited groundwater resources and imports the majority of its water from outside the region. That could change with the $1 billion desalinization plant being built in Carlsbad, Calif. Wh… Read More

Massive amounts of concrete to anchor Tappan Zee Bridge


  • Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model), The

Two floating batch plants are responsible for transforming cement, slag and other materials into the concrete needed for the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. So much concrete will be needed… Read More